1. Principle of Significance – 75:25 % Rule
Out of 100 items, 25% carry 75% importance. For example in a day 25% of the activities consume 75% of the total time. If you look on your expenses, you will discover that approximately 25% of items cause 75% of total expenditure. Therefore to win and succeed in life, you have to tackle 25% of the items which represent priority items i.e. don’t waste time on items of less significance.
This helps to focus on significant items and avoid getting bogged down in insignificant items.
2. Principle of Decision
You have choices – Plan and take a decision otherwise the decision may be taken for you (decision by default). For example, you are sitting at a bus station, bus is standing there. You are deciding to take that bus or not. Meanwhile time passes and the bus leaves. The decision is made for that you did not take the bus. Procrastination in general is not good. One can not be in the state of in-decision forever. Keep in mind that things expand to fill the available time so why not plan what you will really like to do.
You want to decide something, which relates to someone else, then put yourself in the other person’s shoes and feel what can be done. For example: if you are trying to decide can I abuse Mr. A? Then put yourself in shoes of Mr. A, you would not like to be abused. Therefore, definitely you know that you can not and should not abuse Mr. A
3. Principle of Achievement and Evaluation
Always think in terms of achievement in life. Don’t let time pass by without scoring some achievement. Do not waste time- since time flows only in one direction and does not come back once it is passed. If you are a student, achieve in academics and extra-curricular activities, also spend money only for necessities. Later in life make achievements in work, family life and society. Accomplishments are also required for your soul and spiritual being.
Evaluate and calculate what percent of your work has been accomplished i.e. it is 5% or 50% or 90%? This helps and encourages you to move forward with a plan to accomplish the remainder. While working, stop for a moment and evaluate the whole situation. This will keep the overall situation in focus and also help to improve ways to achieve goals and minimize making the same mistakes over again.
If you set objectives, see how many have been achieved. If you constantly make assessment and act accordingly, success will be yours.
Keep in mind that nothing is impossible to achieve if you really try. Failures prove that the efforts were not made whole-heartedly.
4. Principle of Change
Everything has a beginning and an end. If something starts, it will also finish. Between start and finish, there are continuous changes. For example, you have lost your job, you are feeling down: With the passage of time, things will change. You will find a job again, may be better than before.
If you are having good time, one day it will end. If you are having bad time, you are down in the pit – you will eventually come out of it and good times will return. Therefore take things into perspective and live your life in time.
5. Principle of Replacement and sacrifice.
To gain something you have to sacrifice something. To obtain very good marks, one has to reduce time devoted to extra-curricular activities.
Let us say that you want to buy a house and you do not have money for a down payment. Use this Principle: make reduction to your food bill, take homemade lunches rather than eating in the cafeteria, cut out some extra-curricular activities, delay buying new clothes etc. Soon you have accumulated enough money for your down payment.
Remember that the pitcher can be filled drop by drop.
6. Principle of Diversification and Sharing.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket. For example do not put all your trust in one friend. Have more than one friend.
If you want to grow your wealth, put your money in different vehicles: some in bonds, some in stocks, some in real-estate etc. this way risk gets minimized and profit/return increases.
If you are unhappy share with others, it will reduce your unhappiness. A problem is bothering you, try discussing with some of friends, you will realize that your burden is reduced.
7. Principle of Me and the Almighty
This is the most difficult but most important principle. Me, myself and I are the part of Almighty. Therefore I am above all. I am also in-charge. “I” do not get affected by any worldly things.
Imagine a lion is chasing you in a dream: you are frightened. You wake up and realize that it was just a dream. You are no longer frightened and the act of being frightened seems stupid and irrelevant. Can this life be another dream! One day I will die and leave this body behind. “I” will presumably be still there. What would I say about my earthly experiences – the good times, the bad times, the hard times, my love affairs, my broken affairs, sicknesses, sufferings, my relatives, friends and enemies? How real they were! Stop and think for a minute: from dream stage to wake-up stage, earthly living stage to enlightened stage (after death). Do you see any similarity? If we start looking in this manner and ponder, life would be become very different: events and happenings that matter a great deal, would not matter that much.
We all have experienced the enlightened stage for tiny moments: when you watch a flower in full bloom you and flower become one for that moment nothing else exists; watch a sunset between two hills and you and the sunset become one as everything else disappears, or the experience of looking at moon in a full moon night and your senses vanish. I can enumerate numerous examples. You can meditate and enlarge the time period of this “all encompassing” state and live a happy blessed life.
Vinesh believes that “fate” and “luck” are irrelevant. His reasoning is as follows:
– If God exists, He is “omnipotent”, “Omnipresent” and “all encompassing”. He knows it all “whatever has happened”, “What ever is happening” and “what ever will happen”. Therefore “fate” or “future” is fixed. However at the same time you are completely “free” to do whatever direction you want to take. Hence “fate” is fixed and free at the same time. This is what is called “duality” which is difficult concept to comprehend. Therefore notion of “fate” is irrelevant- it does not and should not matter in your living.
– If God does not exist, then everything is random and statistical and “fate”can not be there.